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Iraq claims capture of IS financial chief in operation abroad

BBC
The FBI’s Rewards for Justice website alleged that he was “instrumental in managing finances for [IS] terrorist operations” and had supervised the group’s “revenue-generating operations from illicit sales of oil, gas, antiquities, and minerals” after it seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria in 2014. BBC – For more and......

Raiders Coach Made Racist Comment About N.F.L. Players’ Union Chief

New York Times
Ken Belson DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the N.F.L. Players Association, was denounced in racist terms in a 2011 email by Jon Gruden, who is now the coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. The email surfaced just hours before the player representatives for the 32 teams were expected to......

Clio police chief resigns for ‘better’ gig, says she wants to squash sexual assault rumors

Detriot News
Detroit News – For more and to sign up click here Clio — A police chief in a small Michigan town is resigning from her post for developmental reasons and not, she said, over sexual harassment claims of some residents.    The City Commission of Clio accepted the resignation letter of Chief......

IMF chief Georgieva’s lawyer claims data probe violated World Bank staff rules

Reuters
International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks during a joint news conference at the end of the Summit on the Financing of African Economies in Paris, France May 18, 2021. Ludovic Marin/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo WASHINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Lawyers who investigated World Bank data-rigging allegations against......

U.N. chief takes on Ethiopia over expelled staff: show me proof

Reuters
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres hit back at Ethiopia on Wednesday over the government’s expulsion of seven U.N. staff, demanding proof of accusations against them raised by Ethiopia’s U.N. ambassador during a Security Council meeting. “It is my duty to defend the honor of the......

You are family, EU chief tells Balkans; leaders not so sure

Reuters
Leaders of Balkans and the EU attend an informal meeting before the EU-Balkans summit, in Brdo, Slovenia, October 5, 2021. REUTERS/Borut Zivulovic EU to restate pledge of future membership to Balkans Attempt to set 2030 target date failed Some EU members warn Russia, China could step in BRDO, Slovenia, Oct......

Taliban government behaviour ‘not encouraging’, says EU foreign policy chief

Reuters
RIYADH, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The European Union foreign policy chief said on Sunday the Taliban government’s behaviour up to now was “not very encouraging”, and any economic collapse in Afghanistan would raise the risk of terrorism and other threats. Josep Borrell, speaking at a joint news conference with his......

Hong Kong finance chief says city’s exposure to Evergrande ‘very minimal’ -SCMP

Reuters
The logo of China Evergrande is seen at outside China Evergrande Centre building in Hong Kong, China September 23, 2021. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo Oct 3 (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s exposure to debt-laden developer China Evergrande Group (3333.HK) is “very minimal” at 0.05%, or HK$14 billion ($1.79 billion), of banking assets,......

Amazon hardware chief says the Astro home robot started as a security device and ‘evolved to cover much more’

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here Amazon’s Dave Limp, who runs the e-retailer’s hardware division, said the company’s jump into home robots this week started with a focus on security and then developed into a product that can also deliver a drink or take a video......

Cybersecurity chief Jen Easterly on ransomware, election security

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here Cybersecurity chief Jen Easterly on ransomware, election security – CBS News Watch CBSN Live With cyberattacks on the rise and hackers demanding millions in ransom, cybersecurity has gained new urgency. Chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes speaks with Jen......

Activists take vaccine demands, and a mountain of fake bones, to the home of Biden’s chief of staff.

New York Times
A small band of longtime AIDS activists, fed up with what they regard as President Biden’s failure to scale up coronavirus vaccine manufacturing for global use, deposited a fake mountain of bones outside the home of Ron Klain, his chief of staff, on Wednesday to represent the lives that they......

Powell: “Tension” between jobs, inflation is the chief challenge facing Fed

Reuters
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on the CARES Act, at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, U.S., September 28, 2021. Kevin Dietsch/Pool via REUTERS Sept 29 (Reuters) – Resolving “tension” between high inflation and still-elevated unemployment is......

U.N. aid chief to Ethiopia on famine in Tigray: ‘Get those trucks moving’

Reuters
The United Nations’ new Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs Martin Griffiths addresses a news conference on the humanitarian crisis in Tigray after visiting the region, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, August 3, 2021. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri/File Photo UNITED NATIONS, Sept 28 (Reuters) – United Nations aid chief Martin Griffiths said on Tuesday he......

‘We need to talk to China,’ Europe’s climate chief says ahead of COP26

CNBC
CNBC – For more and to sign up click here LONDON — International leaders need to talk to China and convince the nation to implement concrete steps toward de-carbonization, the EU’s climate chief told CNBC Tuesday ahead the COP26 climate summit in November. China announced earlier this month that it......

When Harry – and Meghan – met the U.N. chief in New York

Reuters
UNITED NATIONS, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited the United Nations in New York on Saturday to meet with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during the 193-member world body’s annual gathering of leaders. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are in New York to attend the Global Citizen......

CDC chief expands COVID booster shot recommendation

CBS News
CBS News – For more and to sign up click here CDC chief expands COVID booster shot recommendation – CBS News Watch CBSN Live The CDC director expanded who is eligible for a Pfizer booster shot. Anyone 65 and older, those who are an increased risk for exposure or have......

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